Sunday, 17 January 2016

Gresham College Lecture: A Very Brief History of Computing, 1948-2015

I first learned to program a computer, the Atlas machine at the University of London using a coding language called CHLF3, in the mid 1960s. I've been using computers ever since - perhaps you have a similar long involvement, or are just interested in the history of computing from a British perspective.
A Very Brief History of Computing, 1948-2015 is a talk given by Professor Martyn Thomas on Tuesday, 12 January 2016 at the Museum of London.
"The world's first modern computer, in Manchester in 1948, was followed remarkably swiftly by the first business software, but by 1968 software was in crisis and NATO called a conference. The problems were diagnosed, solutions were proposed - and largely ignored. A second Software Crisis was announced in the early 1980's and again the effective solutions were considered impractical and the practical solutions were largely ineffective. Meanwhile as Moore's Law predicted, hardware costs continued to fall exponentially, making software systems ubiquitous and leading to a third software crisis, this time of cybersecurity."
View the video, read the transcript or listen to the audio while viewing PowerPoint slides at

If your tastes are rather more, or also, musical check out two recently posted Gresham College talks by Professor Christopher Page,  Medieval Music: To Chant in a Vale of Tears and Medieval Music: To Sing and Dance.

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